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Fireworks fight ends in fatal slashing

A fight that began with two teenage girls throwing lit fireworks at each other ended with one of them slashing the other's throat, police said.

Christine Rogers, 13, was charged with an open count of murder in the Saturday death of 15-year-old Ashley Harvey.

Detective Greg Stone said the teens, longtime neighborhood acquaintances, got into the fireworks fight Saturday afternoon. No one was hurt, and the dispute cooled.

But around 10:30 p.m. Rogers heard that her 24-year-old sister was about to fight with some others over the earlier incident, Stone said. Rogers went to the scene and saw Harvey. They had a verbal confrontation, and Rogers walked home and returned with a large butcher knife, Stone said.

She chased Harvey until Harvey finally turned around to defend herself, then slashed her throat, Stone said.

Neighbor Bessie Johnson said Harvey tried to elude Rogers until realizing she couldn't get away.

"That's when she cut her throat," Johnson said. "Ashley grabbed her neck; she was spitting up blood. That girl just stood and watched her when she fell."

Neighbors tried to stop the bleeding with a beach towel, and a nurse unsuccessfully attempted to revive Harvey. She was pronounced dead at Baptist Hospital.